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Oscars: Film Academy Enacts Sweeping Reforms of Campaign Rules in Response to Andrea Riseborough Controversy

In response to several controversial campaigns last Oscar season — most notably the social media-centric and event-hosting efforts of A-listers in support of Andrea Riseborough, who landed an unexpected best actress Oscar nom for the little-seen indie To Leslie — the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has enacted the most […]

Film Academy’s Longtime Top New York Official Out, Members Vent on Zoom with Organization’s Leaders (Exclusive)

Patrick Harrison, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ longtime top official in New York, has been let go by the organization, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The exit of Harrison was communicated to the Academy’s roughly 1,000 Tri-State area members in an email sent last Friday by Academy CEO Bill Kramer and president […]

Next Year’s Oscar Inclusion Rules Are Already Sparking Debate

Last fall, an independent filmmaker was filling out an online form to put forward his movie for Oscar consideration when some questions on the Academy’s submissions site caught him off guard. The site asked about his cast and crewmembers’ race, gender and sexual orientations, and had some questions about their health — whether they had […]

Writer-Directors Tend to Be Favorites in the Oscar Screenplay Race

Is the screenplay a director’s medium? The Academy certainly seems to think so. Of the 10 Oscar-nominated screenplays this year, eight were written (or co-written) by the film’s director. The nominees for best original screenplay are Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin, Daniels’ Everything Everywhere All at Once, Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans (co-written with Tony […]

The Visual Effects Race Heats Up

It’s getting close to the time of year when the executive committee of the Academy’s visual effects branch selects the 10 shortlisted films that will continue in the VFX category race, and among the anticipated contenders, the branch also has some unexpected choices to consider. While the presumed frontrunner, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of […]

Global Dark Horses: Five Under-the-Radar Contenders in the Running for Best International Feature

These films have impressed audiences around the world, and now must wow the Academy’s voting committee.

Film Academy Names Jeanell English Executive VP, Impact and Inclusion

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Jeanell English to executive vice president, impact and inclusion, it was announced by Academy CEO Bill Kramer on Monday. In the newly-created role, English will report directly to Kramer and will lead the organization’s initiatives to address underrepresentation and diversity across the industry. She will […]

Academy’s Governors Awards: Michael J. Fox Tapped for Hersholt Award, Diane Warren, Peter Weir and Euzhan Palcy Set for Honorary Oscars

Beloved actor and Parkinson’s disease activist Michael J. Fox will be celebrated with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while 13-time songwriting Oscar bridesmaid Diane Warren, six-time directing-writing Oscar runner-up Peter Weir and trailblazing Black director Euzhan Palcy will collect honorary Oscars at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 13th Governors Awards on Nov. […]

Academy Board Sets Earlier Meeting to Discuss “Possible Sanctions” for Will Smith Following Resignation

The Academy’s board of governors will convene this Friday instead of the previously scheduled April 18 meeting to discuss “possible sanctions” for Will Smith following his slap on Chris Rock during the Oscars on March 27. “The April 18 date was set in accordance with California law and our Standards of Conduct because our agenda […]

Behind-the-Scenes Scramble for Oscar Tickets Left Insiders Fuming

West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler wasn’t the only star who had issues getting to the Dolby on Sunday. She’s just the only one who went public with the struggle. Three insiders confirmed that castmembers from best picture nominee Belfast and eventual winner CODA also had difficulty landing seats for the Oscars ceremony. “It was a […]

Steve McQueen, Tilda Swinton, Miky Lee to Be Honored at Academy Museum Gala

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will honor director and producer Steve McQueen, actor Tilda Swinton and producer Miky Lee at its second annual gala to celebrate its one-year anniversary, it was announced Wednesday. The gala will take place on Oct. 15. The gala’s Vantage Award, which honors an artists or scholar who has “helped […]